Utah

State Capitol Fashion Photography

I've spent my whole life living in Utah and yet I hadn't ever set foot inside the Capitol until March. I was blown away with all the architecture and artistry inside, I could have spent all day staring at the ceiling.  But my reason for being there was a photo shoot, so gawking at the walls would have to wait.

I joined a group that sets up fashion shoots with models, make up artists and hair stylists, then we find a cool place and take some pictures.  On this particular day the group creator had been sent some dresses from a designer with a 1920's look so that instantly become the "theme" of the the shoot.  This was only my second time hanging out with the group and I'm struggling to command the shoot.  I don't do well coming up with poses for each picture, but I am really good at exploring a location and finding awesome spots, so my solution was to tag along with another photographer and point out where we should go next while she directed the model.  It was a great setup and I hope the other photographer benefited as much as I did. 

The model that we worked closest with also deserves a huge thank you.  She was super easy to work with and extra patient.  Two hours of being directed around can't be easy and if she wasn't having fun it certainly wasn't showing up in the pictures.  Many of the portrait sessions I've tried haven't been full of great photos, but when you have a model that is used to being in front of the camera it becomes so much easier.  It makes all the difference between amateur and professional!

State Capitol 1920s Flapper
1920s Flapper
1920s Fashion Photography
Utah State Capitol Photography
Utah Fashion Photography
Utah Fashion Photography

Red Bull Rampage 2014

For the second year in a row I had the opportunity to attend one of the craziest mountain bike competitions on Earth, Red Bull Rampage.  Last year I was only a spectator, but afterwards I told myself I'd be going back with a media pass so I could get access to the entire mountain.  In August I was approached by SaltRoads, a new online magazine, to be their sports photographer.  I told them I'd love to and I had a great idea for the first event I'd like to cover!

I couldn't have asked for a better experience for my second trip to Rampage.  I got to spend two days with the riders before any competition began, making notes of their lines and getting to know them.  I was able to make a few friends within the photography industry that I hope to see there again next year.  In all I was able to spend five days on the mountain. Check out some of the photos, and make sure to watch all the action on NBC.  Rampage aires Dec. 27th at 4pm EST!

Brett Rheeder picking his line

Andreu Lacondeguy sending this 76' drop for the first time in practice

Robbie Bourdon

Wil White

Makken Haugen airing the GoPro step-down

Carson Storch suicide no hander off the GoPro step-down

Graham Agassiz getting in one last flip during practice

Szymon Godziek has his backflip dialed on the 73' canyon gap

All eyes are on Jeff Herbertson 

Geoff Gulevich

Graham Agassiz putting his practice to good use, securing a first place in qualifiers

Brendan Fairclough trying out his gap

Cam Zink and his diggers spent a week on this drop, so hitting it the first time had everyone holding their breath

Mitch Chubey 

Brendan Fairclough suicide no-hander

Cam Zink spinning the first of two 360's off this massive cliff

For the winning run, Andreu Lacondeguy threw down this huge backflip!  He's actually coming back down by this point, he went so high he went half way out of the frame!